Don't capitalize winter, spring, summer, and fall. 4: Only the first letters of words in titles of books and essays should be capitalized. It is common to NOT capitalize small words in titles such as: of, a, an, and the. However, these words should be capitalized if they are the first word in the title. How can the answer be improved? When you are using the word" Dad" to refer to a specific person, it's standing in place of their name, and thus, like their name, would be capitalized.
When you're talking about dads in general, it's a common noun. Oct 15, 2007 However, if one said: " I related the story to my mom and dad, " those two words have now become common nouns and no capitalization is needed.
So, it doesn't make any difference whether the words are used in an essay or any other type of written piece. The manner in which they are used determines when they are capitalized or not. You should capitalize these when referring to your own relatives: Hello, Mother.
A good rule to follow is to capitalize them if they are used as proper nouns. If used as common nouns, dont capitalize as in: We honor all mothers in May. The words mom and dad (also grandma and grandpa, et al), should be capitalized when they are used as a proper noun, in place of their given name. For example, Mom went to Europe with Dad. Conversely, you would not capitalize if you are referring to your parents.
Jun 07, 2011 Stick to your original rule of thumb. If it is used as a proper name it is capitalized, as would be any other proper name Joe, Martha, Danny, Mark, Leslie, Mother, Mom, Dad In the example you use, " My mother is the greatest" the word 'mother' is not being used in place of a proper name and so it would not be capitalized.
If there is no article or pronoun, then the word is being used as a proper noun and is capitalized (e. g.that dress looks good on Mom). Advertisement Side note: Be aware that when you are using a family name as a proper noun in dialogue, sometimes a comma is required as well. Since Mom and Grandma are used alone, in place of a personal name in your sentences, they should both be capitalized. Also, our Rule 8 of Commas says, Use commas to set off the name, nickname, term of endearment, or title of a person directly addressed.